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Kaya na Cubao hanggang Makati ng 5 minutes? Mark Villar: New projects underway to ease EDSA traffic

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The Duterte administration is rushing the completion of P384-billion worth of infrastructure projects to ease traffic along EDSA.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar on Friday, January 17, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Right of Way Task Force for flagship projects have been ordered to step up right of way acquisition efforts to ensure the timely completion of the alternative routes in Mega Manila.

“In close coordination with national government agencies, local government units, and the private sector, we are pushing for the swift completion of our flagship infrastructure projects that will provide lasting solution to gridlocks in the National Capital Region (NCR),” he said.

Major road and bridge projects that are aimed for completion this year include: the 2.60 km NLEX Harbor Link, R-10 Exit Ramp which will reduced the 1 hour and 30 minutes travel from Port Area to NLEX towards the northern provinces of Luzon to 10 minutes; 3.2 km Mindanao Avenue Extension Segment 2C which will reduced travel time between Quirino Highway and General Luis Road of the cities of Quezon, Valenzuela and Caloocan from the 1 hour and 30 minutes to 20 minutes; 18.30 km Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 that will cut the 2 hours travel from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City to 15 – 20 minutes; 6.94 km Laguna Lake Highway to cut travel time from Taytay, Rizal to Bicutan from 1 hour to 30 minutes; 3.3 km Fort Bonifacio-Nichols Road (Lawton Avenue) Widening to accommodate more vehicles; and the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project that will reduced to 12 minutes travel time between BGC and Ortigas Central Business District.

DPWH is also set to begin civil works on the following projects this year: 8.35 km NLEX Harbor Link Segment 8.2 that will cut the 45 minutes travel time from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to 10 minutes; and the Pasig River & Manggahan Floodway Bridges Construction Project inclusive of five (3) bridges namely: North & South Harbor Bridge, Palanca-Villegas Bridge, and the Eastbank-Westbank Bridge 2 crossing Manggahan Floodway.

Based on DPWH’s projected schedule, the public may expect the opening of 8 km NLEX-SLEX Connector Road that will shorten travel time from Clark to Calamba from 3 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes; 680 meter Binondo-Intramuros Bridge connecting Intramuros and Binondo, and 506 meter Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Estrella, Makati City to Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong in 2021; NLEX Harbor Link Segment 8.2; 2.39 km Section 1 Phase 1 of the 32 km Southeast Metro Manila Expressway, C-6 in 2022; 2.02 km North & South Harbor Bridge connecting north and south harbor, 438 meter Palanca-Villegas Bridge connecting A. Villegas and Carlos Palanca Streets, and 929 meter Eastbank-Westbank Bridge 2 connecting eastbank dike road and westbank dike road at Cainta, Rizal by 2023.